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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Hello, I'm Peta Burton and welcome to State Focus, nice to have you with us today, with lots of great guests lined up. Today on the show, they're a daily double, award-winning Canberra comedians. Jay Sullivan and Tom Gibson have got some laughing gas geared up for us a little later. And we're celebrating the greatest sportsman of the 20th century, the boy from Bowral, Sir Don Bradman. But first, nothing beats the hair-raising roar of a V8 Supercar racing 'round the S's at Mount Panorama, and that's exactly what

motor racing fans relish about this weekend's Bathurst 1000. And during the week we caught up with a rather popular face around town, Mayor Paul Toole, and started off by asking him what the future holds for Mount Panorama. (WHOOSH) At the moment we've had the Mount Panorama acted as a change last year which allows for five events to be held at Mount Panorama each year now. We've already found that four events which are being held

here at the city of Bathurst each year and also has the potential for another major event here in the future. We're always finding that the V8 Supercars are the big event here on the calendar each year and we find that a huge crowd of motor enthusiasts always come back here to Bathurst for this great event. What about the idea of an international motor GP superbike circuit? Well how wonderful would that be? Here we are talking about an international GP motorsport that

could be here in the city of Bathurst. We've got all the infrastructure in place, we're talking about a pic complex. It's already complementing the track itself, we're already having talks with the relevant ministers. We're speaking with the premiere at this point in time about a second circuit here which is able to hold that international racing event here in the city of Bathurst. We think it would be great for the State economy, we think it would be great for the Australia and it would also be great here for the city of Bathurst. It's a wonderful event. We're actually at this point in time, our engineers are drawing up designs and plans. Once they've been finalised we'll actually go back to the premiere and have further discussions with him. How realistic thought is that it will happen? Look, you gotta try something. We don't know how realistic it is going to be but, we're putting it on the table. We're going back to the premiere. We're going to have the talks with the State Government. We're very serious about it and once we do finalise the design and

the plans and the cost, we can actually go back and start talking about how it can be funded. Okay, so where are we at with this resort at Mount Panorama. What are the plans? Or at least, what's it's future? Well the resort is a 60 million dollar development here in the city of Bathurst on the edge of Mount Panorama track. It's gone into receivership and we would love to see someone come in now and buy the resort. We know that it's got over 130 rooms in it. It's got a function centre upstairs. And it's going to compliment Mount Panorama Circuit here. Each year, we get something like over 300,000 tourists who just drive around Mount Panorama as well. It's going to accommodate those people. When we have big events here in the city of Bathurst as well, it's going to be able to host those people who love coming here to Bathurst and want to stay in Mount Panorama. So we'll love to see a buyer up there very shortly. We know that the company that is in charge of looking for a buyer is

speaking to a couple of people at this point in time and we're hoping very shortly that we'll see the motel up and running and hopefully by this time next year it'll be operating for the people that come here to Bathurst. operating for Well how much preparation goes into the Vs and when does all that start? Well preparations start every year straight after the last race. We always have debriefing meetings and we talk about the successes. Things we can make and improve the race for the patrons each year as

well. Already we can see that over the past couple of weeks, we've got the grandstands that are being constructed. itself to make it attractive as well for international viewers. We've had lots of power that's been put underground as well. We've seen extensions through the access into Mount Panorama and look improvements all the time to the track. It is a big circuit. It's an iconic circuit. It's an international renowed circuit and we're very grateful to have it here in the city of Bathurst. Now they'll always be a special place at Mount Panorama for the king of the mountain, Peter Brock. But what is his legacy mean to people here? Look, Peter Brock is a very, is someone very special here in the hearts of the Bathurstians. He's someone who's a nine time winner here at Mount Panorama. He's someone who also off the track, showed leadership qualities by getting involved in the local community. He raised funds for many organisations in the region.

He helped many individuals and he's also very instrumental in the 24 million dollar pit upgrade that we're also standing upon here today. He was instrumental in going and lobbying both the Federal and the State Government for those necessary funds and here we are today with what is a magnificent circuit for everyone. I've got to ask you. Is there a V8 driver dying to get out? In you? (LAUGHS) Oh look, I'd love to sit behind the wheels of a car. Look, enough for me is sitting as a passenger, that's pretty scary, just sitting there as well. What about Ford or Holden. What are you? Look, I'm a Holden fan. So I'm hoping this year that the Holdens will get up on the podium and be standing in first place. And Paul, the event looks pretty secure for the future. Look, it's very secure here in the city of Bathurst. We're already talking about a 20 year deal with V8 Supercars. We're only into our 4th year this year. We still have another 16 years remaining after this year, so look, it is very secure. And we have a great working relationship with the V8 Supercars and we want that to continue for many years to come. Look, how proud are you people about the event here or I guess, proud to be a Bathurstian. Look, we're very proud. I mean we love having this event here in the city of Bathurst. We saw all our motels fully booked. We have private residences also who have accommodation going to their houses. It's a huge economic benefit, not just for Bathurst but

to the entire central west. So we look forward to it every year and we get something like 33 thousand campers here at Mount Panorama as well. So that's about the same population as Bathurst is, so it's wonderful to see so many enthusiasts to do come here, enjoy motor racing but also enjoy the city of Bathurst whilst their visiting. And, that was our trip to Mount Panorama in Bathurst. A perfect day out on the big V8 track and of course one huge thank

you to the Mayor for catching up with us and our amazing crew David and Grant from Southern Cross Ten Orange, who made it all possible and a lot of fun, can't wait to get back for a lap around the track. Okay up next, we hit the show for a six with the boy from Bowral. See you after the break on State Focus.

You're watching State Focus. There's nothing more Australian than a sizzling hot summer of cricket. And one man who made millions proud to be an Aussie was Sir Don Bradman, the "boy from Bowral" or Cootamundra as some would also claim.

And to celebrate the Don, there's a rather unique new book out from Wednesday and David Wells, Curator of the Bradman Museum is here to tell us all about it. Good morning, welcome to State Focus. Thank you Peta. Now this book is kind of having Sir Don and the who's who of cricket in your living room. Exactly right. It's a brand new book as you said and it traces sir Donald's life right from his birth, right through to after he died and it's highlighted by a series of essays from notable Australians and cricketers from all over the world. it's something for the shelf. That's right, there's something for everyone. There's a lot in there about Sir Donald's life. So it's not just about cricket. It's also mirroring Australian social history over the course of his life. Well it has a lot of many great yarns from so many of the world's

best. Including our boy from Albian Park, Brett Lee. Tell us what he's had to say. Well Brett is someone who has been terribly supportive of the Bradman Museum and as you say, lives locally, he's got a property at Roberts and now as well just up the hill. So he comes in, he's an ambassador for our Bradman junior coaching clinics. And he was always in awe of Sir Donald and tries as he says

in his book, to play the game in the way Sir Donald played it. Hard but fair. around. Oh look, if he appears it electrifies everybody. children learning to play the game if they come across a player at that stage in their life it really gives them a boost. Now words like iconic, national treasure, appealing to universal language used to describe Sir Don. He was more than just some incredible statistics. So what does I guess, what does he mean to today's generation and how does his history I guess, transfer to today? standard of a model of a way to

live a life in a good way. He achieved in everything that he set out to achieve. In a way that was good, the best he could have possibly done, whether it be in business, family, cricket of course, he excelled. He was the sort of person that if he put his mind to it anything he was going to be an absolute success. He was someone who was focused. He was smart. He also mastered everything he did, an exceptional human. And also someone who gave back in terms of cricket to the people that love the game. He believed it was the finest character builder of all sports. Do we have this in today's cricket?

We do to a degree but he remains the bench mark. Did you get a chance to meet him? Unfortunately no, no. and I've talked in depth to many people who have met him. What would he say to budding Bradmans? Well he would have encouraged them to play the sport fairly. He would have encouraged them to enjoy their sport. He played cricket because he loved it. First and foremost. It was his enjoyment he never saw it as a career. In fact he quite deliberately formed a career as a stock broker separate to the game that he loved. It was always as a child, it was a pass time. He just enjoyed the camaraderie of the game. He enjoyed playing it well. He enjoyed mastering it.

So he just did everything as best he could. Is cricket still cool these days? Yes, absolutely. I mean, cricket now, there's so many versions of it. Test cricket. One day, 20/20, the kids are heavily involved now. They are excited by it and we see at the museum all the time the fact that Sir Donald and the players that have come after him who have

excelled at the game just electrify children. Both boys and girls. What about a great place for you, unique place for you to work and course he first learned to play the sport. Tell us about what's happening at the museum though. It's a world first. This cricket hall of fame. exhibition narrative on beyond world series cricket.

Now to reflect the international game more fully. international cricket hall of fame. Sir Donald will be an automatic member of that and probably the captain, but it was always his wish that the game, that the museum would reflect the game. I mean in it's broadest sense. And that players from all around the world would be displayed there. prominently. So that we capture the culture of the game worldwide,

so that we capture the personalities of the elite players so that people who come from all over around the world to the museum recognise their players, not just the Australian player. players, not just the Au What would he say to you? I've heard that you're a bit of a left arm cricket star. (LAUGHS) Oh that was in the past. I mean you played for ANU cricket team and the Bradman Foundation 11.

Yes, yes, indeed right. I've been reading up about you. (LAUGHS) He would have advised me to keep the ball on or outside the off stump. the ba (LAUGHS) Okay. leg too often, but he, apparently anyone who bowled at Bradman always felt that the bat he was hold was about a metre wide and he was impossible to get out, so I'm very glad I never came across him. (LAUGHS) Listen, thank you so much for joining us this morning and

bringing in this very unique piece in with us. Yeah, gonna have, this is actually mine to keep isn't it? Yes. Thanks David fro joining us. Thank you Peta. You are very welcome. And, a quick trip to Commonwealth Park now for the very last day of Canberra's 2008 Floriade. And Fiona Nelson has spent some time keeping an eye on the carnations for a final snapshot of the flower festival.

(WHOOSH) Floriade is Australia's celebration of Spring and each year it attracts close to 400,000 people through it's turn styles. And making sure we have a great time is a team of more than 250 unpaid volunteers. going strong. And it keeps getting bigger and better. But none of this would be possible without our hard working volunteers.

volunteers Jenny Cantlon. She's been giving up her time for the past 4 years and what brings her back year after year? Oh I love the environment. (LAUGHS) For one. The other one is I like being out with people and yeah. It's not just the volunteers, meeting other volunteers but it's also meeting people from overseas and you know, here in Australia. Spring is a beautiful time of the year but Floriade to me is a place

to come and just have fun with your family and friends and also you get to meet other people too. Sit down and you having a picnic and you start chatting and yeah, nice to just get out in the sun. Our volunteers have a variety of roles to ensure Floriade runs smoothly. @ Ah yes, we go to a training session and then we have an orientation

session also to know where things are. I go wherever they send me and it may be on a gate, maybe roving or I could be on a marque. And yeah, no, you sort of just go there and you're asked where things are and it's usually where are the toilets? And yeah just point people in the general direction and yeah. Jenny has seen a few changes at Floriade over the years. Oh I think so. There just seems to be more bigger garden beds and

there's more eating areas this year. And there's the usual, but every year there's a little bit added in entertainment and with roving entertainment and yeah, there's a lot to do. @ entertainm (WHOOSH) Fiona Nelson there at Canberra's Floriade. It has been a tumultuous effort again from the entire Floriade team

with massive crowd numbers through the gates of Commonwealth Park over the past four weeks. So, a huge congratulations to everyone from the head gardener, Andrew Forster, who's hopefully enjoying a beer right now, or maybe tomorrow once the aftermath is over, to the girls at the office who've been keeping us updated with what's on each week. It really has been a magnificent festival and our State Focus team has been very proud to be a part of all the action.

So, if you haven't been yet, then grab the kids or just jump in the car and head to Canberra for the very last day and enjoy a bit of Japanese Ikebana, hat making or even get yourself photographed with the very funny Roving Paparazzi, all the details are on the website. Okay up next a pair of loveable larrikans giving Canberra crowds the stitches. Sully and White Death are next on State Focus.

Welcome back to State Focus. Time for a few laughs now with two funny blokes who reckon they've found their perfect match, Jay Sullivan or Sully, and Tom "White Death" Gibson are the new comedy duo making a name for themselves around town in Canberra, and join us now on the couch this morning. Good morning, welcome to State Focus. Morning Peta. Morning. Now how did you find each other Tom? You can tell us.

Or what did you see in each other first of all. Um, I found Jay lost, desolate, alone. Just wandering the streets begging for money and I thought, he looked funny. (LAUGHS) And he really hasn't come up with any good jokes yet, but he still looks equally funny as the day I met him. What's your take on that? Is there a bit of truth in that Jay? There is a lot of truth in that. No I met you at Green Face, oh raw comedy sorry in 2006, is where I first met you. You didn't win that and neither did I. @ You didn't win that and neit

No, somebody else. Judges. Judges. Well look, you're pretty well dressed. Thank you for dressing up for us. That's alright. I actually wear a suit all the time. This is my costume, my outfit. So what happened? What, should I have worn a suit? He's gotta wear a suit because otherwise he looks like a, you know.. @ otherwise he looks like Homeless man. ...yeah. (LAUGHS) Some sort of bum. Yeah that's right. Listen, you've got to tell us about white death. What is it with this white death.

Haha. Well Peta, I spent a few years in Nepal as a kung fu master.. (LAUGHS) He's lost it. What is it? What did you take this morning. I'm sorry, it's just the 'well Peta, actually'... like this was going to be an actual answer. Oh I've just done a bit of kung fu in my time and I was a bit of a spiritual leader in Nepal for a while but back in Canberra there isn't all that, like you've got the multicultural festival and I do that once a year where I just sort of preach, but the rest of the time

it's underground kung fu for me. (LAUGHS) Is this what it's like for you guys on stage? He's sort of telling and he just laughs. Pretty much. Yeah. You just plant me in the audience and away I go. That's right. Well I should say, both of you, congratulations for winning Green Faces, Canberra Green Faces 2007/ 2008 finalist of all comedy. It's actually national. Come on. Canberra Green Faces. But the Canberra leg.

No, no, we won the whole sherbang. Oh the whole thing? Oh excuse me. Yeah we won the, like... (WHISTLES) I'll just get back in my box. Yeah. We did win the Canberra one as well. That's right on the way up to the top. @ That's right on the way up Does that mean you've been shmoozing with some big names, or you know, sort of, does fame and fortune, is that something that you're comfortable with now? It's something that we're having to come to grips with. It is. I mean, someone knows me in Woolworths the other day in Dickson and comes up saying 'are you?' and I said no. Oh okay.

I've been on State Focus. (LAUGHS) Well after Sunday, (WHISTLES) through the roof. It's just gonna go off. Akmal, you know, Adam Hills, Jim Murphy, Jack Nicholson. All these... Yeah we're down. We're down with all those guys. We just came from Nicholson's place actually @ We just came from Nich That's Jim Murphey's actually. (LAUGHS) @ That's Jim Murphey's a Well you do a bit of a routine, part of your routine involves some Jim Murphy.

That's pretty much what I do. That is true. And people laugh. What does he think about that? He hasn't seen it yet, he's been, it's been threatened. I know a guy who knows him quite well and he said, I'm gonna bring him to the gig @ Okay. But he hasn't yet. He's quite a bit guy. @ But he hasn't yet. He's qu Yeah, he'll kill you. Yeah he would totally, just own me. What about this banana?

You're white death, you could look after me. Well that's right. I can't use it for that. You know I can't. @ I can't use it for that. (LAUGHS) What's this with a banana? Someone uses a banana in their routine. Or is that a completely different? Well... No, no, that's, well yeah. I came up with a banana joke last November and I eat banana's to music and I did it as kind of a time filler and it's come to become my thing. How did you come up with that? Why did you even begin to, how did that even evolve? Yeah like I said it was basically a time filler. I just thought it'd be funny to kind of... the first one's mad

world, the Gary Duel song and it's really kind of slow and I'm kind of crying and all sad or whatever and the second one's the 2001 theme and I kind of get all excited and happy and triumphant. Do you think it's funny? Have you approved this? I think it's really funny. (LAUGHS) No it. It's strange. I don't know why. I've seen it about a hundred times and it's still funny every time Oh really? Thank you. So where do we go from here now? Pineapples probably.

(LAUGHS) Other fruit. Yeah, well, can you, and then you branch out to another food group. Well we have brought in some fruit for you this morning. Do it. Well... Would you like a banana? Nah, I think I'll be okay. Where to from here, I mean, for you boys? You know, in terms of where you take your career. I mean can we talk about your own show, supermodels or... Well basically, I'm hoping after today I'll be the host of State Focus. @ (LAUGHS)

That's what we're hoping will happen. The director's seen what I've got now, so hopefully that will work out. I dunno, you could run for the elections. The elections are coming up in a couple of days. Well my name's spelt normally, I couldn't run. If I spelt my name Jay with a H or something like that, I might be able to get in. Well it is a letter really, it's not really a whole name. So your kind of in. Yeah I'm in already. I'm probably just a bit too popular to be local politician you know. You've got to kind of be a bit of a, you know, that category of, 'loser' to.. @

Don't say... Yeah. They're lovely people. Well who do you think will get in? Who do you think people want to get in? Who do you think people need to get in this time around? If I was gonna be serious, I will say that I hope that labour will probably get in and they'll probably loose their majority government and they'll probably be a few independents or greens getting into that balance of power which will be great for the news, the nightly news, Val Jeffery from Brindabella might get in,

he's ads make me laugh. What an amazing response. Did you expect that from him? Yeah. Way to ruin the interview. No, look, I'm just being up front. I just think that's probably the way it'll swing. Look both of you were really, you love the nations capital. I mean Canberra is of course home for you, there's a lot to love about Canberra. I know that you love the metal sculpture. I love that metal sculpture. I love that metal sculpture so much I think it's great, like I drive

past there with my daughter and I say ' there's that metal sculpture you love and she goes, No I don't, I hate it, it's crap. Things like that are just fine. I mean she's allowed @ Things like Alan Tongue. Alan Tongue's a big. Actually Alan Tongue, I should say, was on this couch only a couple of weeks ago. We could feel it. Yeah, we know. We know we was on the couch. He wasn't sitting where you were sitting. Unfortunately, he was sitting where Jay was. Which is wrong because I am actually the captain of our team. (LAUGHS) I should be sitting there where Alan Tongue was.

Well yeah. What's it like for you guys on stage? Like is there, are you sort of the leader? Do you write the material? I mean how does it all sort of... I write basically all the jokes. Any funny joke you've heard, I've written that joke. Basically. All the bad ones, that's Jay's handy work, but he's trying. We perform separately like, usually Tom will get up first and warm the audience up and... Do you like those times thought, do you like performing separately, do you miss each other? I mean it's kind of like not having the other arm? I think you, I like Jay, but maybe not as much as you are implying

that I like him. No, no, usually what we just do, we're two independent acts, but we work together because, dunno, it's just more fun and it's just easier when you've got two. So were you funny at school? I mean were you the class clowns? I mean growing up in Tumut, I mean those days? Well growing up in Tumut I was the only funny thing in Tumut. Yeah I was gonna say. I went back there and I think I am still the only funny thing in about Tumut. No, I was a bit of the class clown I guess. So do you get recognised these days. I mean do people come up to you, you know,

wanting autographs, I mean women? We did have one autograph guy once. (LAUGHS) We did. At the Hot Five. And he got us to sign, Hot Five's a show that we do every couple of months and we do take our best five minutes, all the Canberra comedians, take our best five minutes to that and a guy came up and got our autograph. @ Yeah, I think he might have had a, I don't know if he had a full quid. Nice bloke, but I just, you know. (LAUGHS) This is what you do. Weddings, parties, anything now.

Coming up to Christmas. People ask us to do all kinds of weird comedy, where it just doesn't fit. @ weir Yeah, although over Christmas we're doing heaps of corporate work, like Christmas parties, we've got a few, we're travelling to Sydney and Brisbane, but we love Canberra so we're gonna stay in Canberra. So you would do weddings. So I could have you at my wedding? If there was ever a wedding? Well I'd hopefully be at your wedding Peta. I'm thinking. Now we've met, we have a relationship, yeah, yeah.

That's exactly right. (LAUGHS) No we'd be MC for sure. We could do that easily. Go on, lock it in. What date? Lock it in Eddie. (LAUGHS) Who knows? When do you want us? Listen, it's been lovely having you on the couch. Thank you so much for brightening up our Sunday morning. All the best for what's ahead for you boys and some exciting times for Christmas. Thanks very much for having us. Thanks for having us. Crack your bon bons. See you next week.

See you next week on State Focus because your going to be co-hosting. That's right. And, that's the show for this week. We'll see you next Sunday for more State Focus. Thanks for watching, bye for now. Live captions by Southern Cross Ten, Canberra. We apologise for the temporary loss of captions. Normal service will resume as soon as possible.